Friday, November 4, 2011


For subscribers of, Neal Martin posted his tasting notes following the tasting in January 2011 properly organized for many years by English merchants. They tasted blind Bordeaux wines they sell.

Virginie de Valandraud 2007 got a nice comment and noted 89. Valandraud was not noted for being a bit too over-ripe. In general, we try to be better for the 1st wine than the second, but for sure, over-ripeness in 2007 was not easy!

2007 Virginie de Valandraud 89
Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. The Virginie 2007 has a very fine bouquet with fresh blueberry, cassis and macerated dark cherries with well integrated vanillary oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good structure with hints of liquorice and black olive. Very poised on the finish. Classy. Tasted January 2011.

2007 Chateau Valandraud ?
Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. A strange showing of Valandraud, coming across as extraordinarily ripe on the nose, very exotic with signs of sur-maturité towards the finish. This sample does not seem to correlate to wine I tasted at primeur so I will seek to re-taste this. Tasted January 2011.

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